I was born and raised in Oconomowoc and after 6 years of living outside of St. Louis, MO I knew I wanted to settle back into Lake Country and now call Pewaukee home.
I love spending time with my family and friends, especially my husband Scott and our fur babies. My favorite hobbies outside of yoga are spending time outside in the healing space of nature hiking, camping, biking, swimming, kayaking, SUPing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, volleyball, and golf. I’m also a ceramic and metalsmith artist and have a small studio at my home.
I came to hot yoga as my first consistent practice in 2011 when I was an avid half marathon runner and needed more built in sweaty recovery time. Back then it was all about my body and unwinding the stress of pounding pavement. I started to realize the connection between the mind and body and all the positive after effects.
The following year, I was diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia and received a bone marrow transplant as part of my treatment. Hatha yoga became very important as I tried to build back strength and trust my body again. My practice ebbed and flowed as I figured out my new normal post cancer and transplant. In 2018, I found True North Treks, a national cancer non-profit who empowers young adults and their caregivers to find direction through connection. Part of their programming consists of meditation and yoga in beautiful backcountry wilderness destinations. This was really the first time I practiced meditation consistently for a week and was hooked.
Over the years, I wanted more for myself and to be able to give back to others so I took an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course, became a Wilderness First Responder and a RYT 200 hr. I made the transition from participant to guide in 2021 and love facilitating meditation and yoga out in nature while also being able to support others in backcountry settings.